Aircraft facts

How many seats on a plane

How Many Seats on a Plane?

There are large aircraft and small aircraft so the number of seats certainly varies a great deal but not only amongst different types of aircraft but also within the same type. For example, an airliner can be configured with first class, business class and economy sections or it can be arranged with all-economy seats. Since…

Why do planes leave trails

Why Do Planes Leave Trails?

Everyone, even those living in remote villages in the Amazon, will have looked up and seen white trails across the sky. They can look quite spectacular against a brilliant blue sky. But why do planes leave trails? Why do some planes leave trails and others do not? What are trails made of and are they…

How high do planes fly?

How High Do Planes Fly?

Different types of aircraft can fly at different heights and this largely depends on whether they are pressurized; the type of engines they have and their role (leisure, business, commercial or military). Commercial aircraft today fly at altitudes up to 42,000 feet (which is just under 8 miles high). Concorde used to fly at altitudes…

Is It Safe to Fly at Night? Your Fears Put to Rest 1

Is It Safe to Fly at Night? Your Fears Put to Rest

When I saw the question “How safe is flying at night” asked on a forum recently it made me think as it is not something I have thought about before even though I have flown at night many times. Flying at night is extremely safe for commercial flights these days. This is due to all…

Turbulence the complete guide

How safe is flying in turbulence? The complete guide

How safe is flying in turbulence? The quick and simple answer to this is that it is absolutely safe. In most cases, the turbulence you might experience is likely to be no worse than driving in a car down a bumpy road. Actually that is a pretty good analogy because the aircraft is flying through…